Rosie O’Donnell’s excess donations to Democratic candidates prompt scrutiny

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Legal experts say that reports of liberal comedian Rosie O’Donnell donating more than the legal limit to five Democratic candidates reflect a common breach in campaign financing that often is dismissed by authorities.
But The New York Post reporting that Miss O’Donnell gave a combined $5,400 in contributions over the limit to the five candidates using five different New York addresses and four variations of her name could prompt closer scrutiny, they say.
For her part, Miss O’Donnell told The Post that she figured the candidates would simply send back any cash they couldn’t keep.
Under federal campaign finance laws, individuals are limited to donating $2,700 to a candidate’s campaign committee per election and $5,000 to a political action committee per year.
Miss O’Donnell’s use of different names and addresses is suspicious, he said, adding that the FEC could refer the matter to the Justice Department.
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